2017 Concert Series


BAHQ

BAHQ

BAHQ is a horn quartet from Oklahoma State University and recently won the 2017 Mid-South Horn Workshop Quartet competition. Made up of students Ashlyn Phillips, Richard Riedl, Jacob White, and recent graduate, Scott Campbell, BAHQ plans on touring in the Fall. You can find them on Facebook @bahqhorns.

 

 

 


Bree Ahern

Bree Ahern

Cello

Bree Ahern has been a prizewinner in the Crescendo Music Awards, the Ad Astra String Competition, the Oklahoma Music Olympics’ Buttram Concerto Competition, and a national finalist in MTNA’s Young Artist Competition. She has attended a variety of summer programs on scholarship, including Round Top Festival Institute, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Hot Springs Music Festival. Ahern has performed with the Tulsa Symphony, the Tulsa Ballet, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and in 2016 was featured in the “Evenings at the Bernsen” chamber music series in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a teacher, she maintains an active private studio and is involved in the American String Teacher’s Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ahern graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University, where she studied with Meredith Blecha-Wells, and was the recipient of various scholarships, including the Dr. Max A. Mitchell Music Scholarship, Wayne Galleher Music Scholarship, Hunter Stone Endowed Academic Scholarship, and the Boh Makovsky Outstanding Senior Award. She currently studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Norman Fischer, where she is the recipient of a full tuition scholarship. 


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Pi-Ju Chiang

Piano

As an active recital pianist and collaborative artist, Pi-Ju Chiang appears frequently in solo, chamber, and collaborative recitals in Taiwan, North America, and Mexico. She made her Taiwanese debut as a collaborative artist at the annual opera gala in 1996, performing Monteverdi's L'orfeo. During this time, she was also the private accompanist for Angelo Marenzi, a voice faculty member at the Taipei National University of Art (TNUA) in Taiwan.

Her experience as a collaborative pianist has taken her to the Bari Opera Theater in Italy where she performed two operas in 1997 - La Bohème and Il Travatore. She was the first Taiwanese pianist to perform these two complete major operatic works in Italy and has since started building her international career as a talented collaborative pianist.

She was awarded third prize in the 2000 Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Competition in collaborative piano when she was studying at The University of Texas at Austin. Her outstanding talent in collaborative piano made her a full scholarship recipient to study at Rice University from 2001-2003.

Ms. Chiang was invited to be a participant in the 2004 Cleveland Art Song Festival. She was invited to give concerts with renowned artists including: Brazilian soprano Lilly Abreu, voice faculty member at University of Pittsburgh; Paul Sharpe and Jeff Bradetich, bass faculty members at University of North Texas; and the majority of the principal players in the Cleveland Orchestra. She was awarded the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in Accompanying at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in 2005, recognizing her highest level of artistic achievements while attending CIM as a student, and was appointed as a CIM collaborative faculty member immediately after having graduated in May of the same year.

Ms. Chiang has performed in master classes for internationally acclaimed artists and was highly thought of by Stephanie Blythe, Janet Bookspan, David Daniels, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Ida Kavafian, Arthur Rowe, Eric Rosenblith, The Cavani String Quartet, The Osiris Trio, and Ivan ┼Żenatý. She has been a frequent performer on Cleveland Institute of Music stages, having recently played the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and Dohnányi Piano Quintet with major principal players in The Cleveland Orchestra.  

As an active pianist, Ms. Chiang's performances have been frequently heard on air on WCLV 104.9, northeast Ohio's classical radio station. Her recordings can be found on the website instantencore.com, which has links to the world's top artists and ensembles.

A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chiang began playing piano at the age of four. At age nine, she was accepted into the special music school for gifted children in Taiwan and was awarded first prize in National Taiwan Piano Competitions for three consecutive years. In 1998, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from TNUA, where she studied with pianists Song-Jen Hsu and Rolf-Peter Wille. Ms. Chiang received her first Master's Degree in Piano Performance at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with David Renner and Timothy Lovelace (piano accompanying). She then received her second Master's Degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying at Rice University where she studied with Brian Connelly. She received her Professional Studies Diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she studied with Department Head, Anita Pontremoli.


Charlotte Dumensil

Charlotte Dumensit

Piano

Charlotte Dumesnil is an OKC-based pianist, composer, and promoter of new music. She is the pianist for the Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra, which premieres the works of living composers, as well as the co-founder of Trio Sienna, a unique chamber ensemble that combines piano, violin, and saxophone. Recently, Charlotte was a guest artist with the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra performing movements from the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and the Ginastera Piano Concerto No. 1. She has also performed in masterclasses for several renowned musicians including Nelita True, Anne Epperson, and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson. Trio Sienna were national finalists at the 2013 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) string chamber competition, and Charlotte’s own work for the trio, “Wonderland,” made it as a finalist in both the 2014 MTNA Composition Competition and the 2014 SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition. Her compositions have been performed in multiple events, including the SkyDance Bridge Lighting Project in downtown OKC, the OK Electric Festival, and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Charlotte received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance summa cum laude at Oklahoma State University and both a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Music Composition, high honors, at Oklahoma City University.


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Erin Heidrick

Violin

Erin Heidrick is an innovative violinist and dedicated educator with a sincere interest in academia.  Erin recently finished her master's degree in violin performance at Arizona State University, where she performed as a section violinist with the ASU Symphony Orchestra and with the Lyric Opera Theater as principle second violin. Erin is also an enthusiastic chamber musician, using collaborative music to engage new audiences.  In 2016, she was selected as one of the ten founding members of the grant-funded "Music Corps" organization.  With a mission to bring creative concertizing of chamber music to the Phoenix community, Erin performed in a variety of venues, including public schools, food festivals, the Mayo Clinic Hospital, the DMV, and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Erin completed a Bachelor of Music in education and violin performance at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the prestigious "Presser Scholar" and "Outstanding Senior" awards in 2014-2015.  Erin held positions as concertmaster and principle second violin of the OSU Symphony Orchestra and participated in many summer music festivals while there, such as the Round Top Festival Institute.  

A licensed public school teacher and registered Suzuki violin instructor, Erin enjoys teaching musicians of all ages.  For two years, she was a private lessons instructor with the ASU String Project, a program which provided low-cost instruction to local music students. Erin has also served as a chamber music coach, audition judge, and orchestra conductor for multiple pre-college music programs. 

With her genuine passion for all things academic, Erin has maintained a 4.0 throughout her entire collegiate career.  In August, Erin will begin her doctoral degree in violin performance at Florida State University, as a graduate teaching assistant.  Erin's primary teachers include Dr. Shannon Thomas, Dr. Katherine McLin, and Dr. Laura Talbott Clark.


 

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Trumpet

Aaron Jensen is an avid cross-over trumpet player living in Boulder, Colorado. He has performed with International Blues Challenge champion Chris Cameron as lead trumpet for the Chris Cameron Blues Band, Broadway stars Craig Schulman, Cris Groenendaal and Kevin Gray on their 2010 “Three Phantoms in Concert” tour, as well as the Colorado and Fort Smith Symphonies, in addition to Broadway shows throughout the Denver area. As a student Mr. Jensen was a three-time scholarship attendant to the Juilliard Jazz Workshop where he performed with Wycliffe Gordon, and was a scholarship attendant to the Manhattan to the Mountains Chamber Music Workshop.

Mr. Jensen will complete his Masters degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May of 2017 where he holds the position of Lecturer of Trumpet in the College of Continuing Education, and he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Oklahoma State University. As a member of the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble, Aaron was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in 2013, and twice performed to standing ovations at the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Mr. Jensen toured Japan as a member of the Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, which concluded with a performance at the Japan Band Clinic. 

Mr. Jensen believes strongly in integrating music technology with the arts and was the recording and mixing engineer for Snow College’s album Speech of Angels. In conjunction with Snow College, Mr. Jensen used his technology expertise to participate in clinics focusing on integrating technology with the arts at the Utah Music Educators Conference, and his work was used at the Technology Institute for Music Educators National Conference in 2009.

Aaron is greatly indebted to his primary teachers: Ryan Gardner, Justin Bartels, Terry Sawchuk, David Blackinton, Scott Wilson, and Steve Meredith.